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Shirley Chisholm State Park
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Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Looking at the south end of the Fountain Avenue Landfill from Penn Pier at the southeast corner of the Penn Park section of Shirley Chisholm State Park, above the mouth of Hendrix Creek along Jamaica Bay near Starrett City in Spring Creek, Brooklyn.
Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
A picnic area at the junction of the Oystercatcher and Peregrine Trails near the south end of the Penn Park section of Shirley Chisholm State Park, south of the Belt Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue across from Starrett City in Spring Creek, Brooklyn.
Shirley Chisholm State Park © Tdorante10 / CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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1750 Granville Payne Avenue
Brooklyn, New York   11239
(lat:40.6404 lon:-73.8739) map location

Phone: 718-277-2420
Shirley Chisholm State Park is named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer who was the first African American Congresswoman, as well as the first woman and African American to run for President.

Rising up 130 feet above sea level, this new park occupies some of the highest ground in New York City and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Empire State Building to the northwest, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor to the west, and Jamaica Bay to the south.
History of the Area
The site, which has never been open to the public before, rests atop the former Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue landfills. The Penn and Fountain landfills were operated by New York City Department of Sanitation from 1956 to 1983.

After the landfills were closed, the work to reclaim and repurpose the 407 acres of land as a future park began. The first steps were to install an impermeable plastic cap and a below-ground barrier to fully encapsulate the landfills and support future reuse. A below grade methane gas piping system was also installed throughout the property so that all off gassing is carried to the property's two flares.

More than 1.2 million cubic yards of clean soil - or enough to fill nearly 100,000 dump trucks - was spread up to four feet deep across the site. The site was then planted with more than 35,000 trees and shrubs, and native grassland species. This addition of prairie grass and native plants has created a diverse ecosystem of coastal meadows, wetlands, and woodlands that has attracted a variety of birds and other local wildlife. In addition, this lovely ecosystem works to protect the capped land and prevent erosion.

In 1974, the city deeded the land to the National Park Service as part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the City of New York, New York State Parks is developing and operating Shirley Chisholm State Park.
Located in Brooklyn, the park offers fishing from its two piers. Anglers can catch species like striped bass and fluke.

Fishing is permitted year-round with a valid New York State license.

The waters are home to bluefish, black sea bass and summer flounder as well.

For freshwater enthusiasts, there's also largemouth and smallmouth bass available within the park's boundaries.

Shirley Chisholm State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills. Visitors can enjoy scenic views while eating outdoors.
The park offers a 10-mile bike path, ideal for leisurely rides. Helmets are recommended due to occasional rough terrain.

Bike rentals aren't available on-site; bring your own or rent from nearby facilities before visiting the area.

Cyclists should stay alert as paths can be shared with pedestrians and runners, potentially causing congestion at times.

Riding after dark is not advised since there's limited lighting along trails which could lead to accidents in low visibility conditions.

During winter months, biking may become challenging due to snowfall covering tracks making them slippery and hard-to-navigate.

Remember that off-road cycling isn't permitted - stick strictly to designated pathways ensuring safety of natural habitats around you.
The park offers birdwatching opportunities with over 200 species of birds. It features a Bird Island where visitors can observe various migratory and resident avian species. The area is particularly popular during the spring migration season, offering sightings of warblers, vireos, orioles among others. There are also guided bird walks available for enthusiasts to learn more about different types of birds in their natural habitat.

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